If the Obama administration still vehemently opposes an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities for fear of hampering Obama's chances for reelection, the latest Debka’s report claims that Teheran is closer than ever to an atomic bomb.“The months of negotiations with the six world powers were happily used by Iran for great strides toward bringing its nuclear weapon program to fruition”,“The six powers are understandably reluctant to admit that in the time bought by negotiations, Iran was able to refine uranium up to 30 percent grade or even a higher and go into advanced preparations for 65 percent grade enrichment. Now the Iranians are well on the way to an 80-90 percent weapons grade”. This percent is the weaponization of the nuclear cycle.That is why Israel could launch a preemptive operation against Iran before the US presidential election in November.“The period before the US elections is the best for an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities”, asserts one of Israel’s leading analysts, Efraim Inbar, head of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and one of the informal advisors to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an interview for Arutz Sheva.
“The diplomatic talks failed, the sanctions are not working, only a military operation can stop Iran’s atomic program. We already stopped Iraq and Syria’s nuclear programs. We will take into consideration only our security and Jewish survival, because a nuclearized Iran would be an immense threat for the Jewish State”.
Iran “successfully” test-fired a 300-kilometer (185-mile) range missile on Saturday, showing its ability to strike targets in the Strait of Hormuz as well as as energy facilities in Saudi Arabia and the U.S. fifth fleet in Bahrain.
"Using new guidance methods, target-striking systems were installed on the missiles and during the flight test ... its ability to hit the target without deviation was proven," Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi told IRNA.
"In future programs, all future missiles built by the Defense Ministry will be equipped with this capability," he added.
The U.S. Pentagon noted last month in a report that Iran is working on a missile that can reach the American Eastern Seaboard within the next three years.Other Iranian missiles in development are to be aimed at Israel and eastern Europe, and include the medium-range Ashoura ballistic missile –with a range of more than 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) -- and the long-range Shabab-3.
Iran has vowed to hit Israel and U.S. bases in the region if it comes under attack. It has also threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of the world's oil exports are shipped.
The United State's attempts to destabilize Syria will end up hurting Israel, a top Iranian Ali Larijani said on Sunday, accusing the West of interfering in the Syrian crisis without the approval of the United Nations Security Council.
“The resignation of Kofi Annan and US officials contacting certain politicians in the region as well as military and arms support for destabilizing Syria indicates a new plan by the international villains,” Larijani told Iranian network Press TV.
The statement wasn't the first time Larijani connected unrest in Syria to Israel, saying earlier this year that the violence that could erupt following a western attack on Syria "will spread into Palestine and the ashes of such flame will definitely bury the Zionist regime."
The fractious civil war in Syria has reinvigorated the country’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is supplying rebels with arms, according to the London Telegraph.
Arutz Sheva reported last week that the Muslim Brotherhood’s deputy leader vowed that Syria will become an Islamic state after the presumed fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.Now, the Islamist terrorist political party, which won the elections in Egypt, is raising funds to arm Syrian rebels, who are fighting among themselves as well as against Assad.Israeli military officials have drawn up several scenarios of what will evolve in Syria. One is a fractured country, with Assad’s Alawite supporters ruling a small region and the rebels dominating the rest of the country. In the meantime, the IDF has deepened trenches and beefed up patrols aolng the border with the Golan Heights to prevent terrorist infiltrations.
The civil war has evolved into a race between terrorist groups trying to turn Syria into a new Islamist country, and Al Qaeda, which U.S. President Barack Obama has claimed is on the way to being destroyed.
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) bombed a motorbike in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, striking a global jihad terrorist who the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said was plotting a terror attack along the Egyptian border. Palestinian hospital officials said the man died in the attack, and one other was injured.Security sources said it was possible the strike thwarted the terror attack.
Israel is increasingly concerned with the presence of global jihad operatives in the Sinai Peninsula and their ties with Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.
Syrian army tanks shelled Aleppo on Sunday and a helicopter gunship strafed rebel positions with heavy machinegun fire as they fought for control of the country's biggest city and key battleground of the 17-month uprising.After UN Security Council paralysis on Syria forced peace envoy Kofi Annan to resign last week, and with his ceasefire plan a distant memory, rebels have been battered by the government onslaught in Aleppo and the capital Damascus.
In Damascus, jets bombarded the capital on Saturday as troops kept up an offensive they began a day earlier against the last rebel bastion there, a resident said.Prospects over the possibility of a negotiated solution have dimmed since United Nations peace envoy Kofi Annan resigned this week complaining of paralysis in the UN Security Council over the Syria peace efforts.
Israel is racing against an attack by Iran and Syria and is upgrading its US-backed Arrow missile shield in the wake of a possible a chemical weapon attack from Syria, a defense official told Reuters Sunday.
The new "Block 4" generation of guided interceptor rockets, radars and technologies for synchronizing Arrow with U.S. systems was being installed in deployed Israeli batteries, a process that would take several weeks, the official told the news agency.
Besides the threat of a nuclear threat for Iran in the next year or two, Israel is now preparing for a possible chemical warfare attack from Syria, where the civil war could spur Syrian President Bashar Assad to turn his missiles on Israel. The same situation could arise if Hizbullah, which is thought to have accessed part of the chemical arsenal, decides to attack Israel from Lebanon.
Israel is also working on a more powerful rocket interceptor than Iron Dome, known as David's Sling or Magic Wand, which is due out next year. Meshed together and with U.S. counterparts, the three Israeli systems would form a multi-tier shield providing several opportunities to intercept incoming missiles.
The writing was on the wall. When Egypt's pro-democracy revolution was hijacked by Islamists from the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups, many warned that Egypt's ancient Christian community was in danger....with the unveiling of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's new cabinet last week, it became clear that Egypt's Christians would not enjoy increased influence, and would instead be shoved further into the corner.Even more concerning is that the government's snubbing of Christians and the expected further implementation of Sharia Law (which would further relegate Christians to dhimmi - or second-class - status) has emboldened those who would seek to physically harm Christians.
When the angry mob was rampaging through town, storming her home and those of other Christians, the 70-year-old woman hid in her cow pen, pushing a rock against the door. There she cowered for hours, at one point passing out from tear gas being fired by police that seeped in.When Sameeha Wehba emerged just before dawn, she found she was the only Christian left in this small Egyptian village just south of Cairo, the location of some of the country’s earliest pyramids.Dahshour’s entire Christian community – as many as 100 families some estimate – fled to nearby towns in the violence earlier this week. The flock’s priest, cloaked in a white sheet to hide him, was taken out in a police van. At least 16 homes and properties of Christians were pillaged and some torched and a church damaged.The unprecedented exodus underscores how sectarian divisions are bubbling over in the wake of the revolution, in a country where 10 percent of the population is Christian.